Monday, November 27, 2006

A Resource For Natural Beauty Products and Vitamins

As part of my “Beauty is Within” philosophy, I’ve been on this “herbal” and “natural” kick. For the past year I have been doing various types of research on natural remedies for medical issues. One company that I reviewed today was N101 Nutrition. This website offers natural skin care, beauty products, vitamins, and supplements. If you know me, you know how I love to read, so it’s nice to know that there are many articles and resources for those of you who are doing any research on natural remedies. Another thing I’ve been into lately is organic foods. N101 Nutrition also some great articles on healthy eating. Remember, you are what you eat!! Well, it’s true ;)

Shopping in San Francisco

I'm visiting my brother here in San Francisco until Wednesday, so I've spent the past couple days doing some street shopping here in the Union Square area... I posted a couple of my adventures at my other blogs:

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Fashionista Who Realizes Her Dreams

One of biggest dreams in life is to open my own clothing boutique that has different styles of clothing that nobody else has. In fact, I’m currently working on a business plan to have my very own store and I can’t even explain how excited I am about this new concept that I’ve created.

One fashionista who also had dreams of having her own clothing boutique is Melissa Walton of Urban Minx. From a very young age, Melissa always wanted to open her own clothing store. Melissa lived in Oregon and got tired of having to fly to cities like San Francisco or New York to buy high fashion, so she opened up Urban Minx in Ashland, Oregon. Melissa now has three boutiques in Oregon including shops in Medford and Bend, Oregon., your online source for designer clothing, offers designer clothing and accessories from brands such as Lilly Pullitzer, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, and Isabella - and that’s only a few on the very long list of brands that are carried on the Urban Minx website.

My concept for a clothing boutique is pretty similar to Melissa’s, however, I have a little bit of a unique twist which I think the San Diego area needs. I’ll keep you posted on my plan!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Black Friday Adventure and Shopping For Diamonds

Well, dear readers, I survived Black Friday. I never thought I’d be one of those early bird shoppers scouring for bargains and waiting in long lines, but yes, I was one of those people this year. I shopped at the Gilroy outlets near the San Jose area and it was an absolute madhouse! Never, ever, ever, ever (did I say never?) again will I do that again!

There were two-three hour waits for the Coach and Puma stores that offered great bargains. I followed my brother into this jewelry and diamond store where they were offering 60% off all jewelry and surprisingly there weren’t very many people in there considering the huge 1.78 Carat Mckenna2 Diamond Platinum Engagement Ringdiscount. Of course I had to check out the gemstone jewelry, but for some reason my eyes wandered over to the diamond section where there was an array of diamond engagement rings. Bling, bling, bling everywhere and oh, my heart was palpitating over the gorgeous rings. One day, I thought. I even entertained the thought of buying one for those days when I just don’t want to be bothered with men, ya’ know? Friends call these engagement rings “decoy rings”. Ha! Ha!

They say if you want to manifest something into your life, you should pretend that it's already happening for you. So, I did some pretending today and imagined my hubby and I going shopping for my engagement ring (humor me, if you will). I came across this
1.78 Carat Mckenna2 Diamond platinum engagement ring
. Simple, yet stunning ;)

By the way, I'm in San Francisco this week and will post on my shopping adventures in this fashion clad city!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Forth & Towne in San Diego: Adventures of a Fashion Blogger

The other day I did a write-up at The Runway Scoop on my tour of the new Forth & Towne store here in San Diego. It was an exciting day for me because I finally felt like I had made it as a fashion writer. Blogging about fashion is a fairly new concept in news publishing, however, the bloggers who made it to Fashion Week this year are evidence that blogs are actually making it as a viable source for information and news on fashion.

Anyways, you can just imagine my excitement when I was contacted by Kelly Lynch of Brand Building PR to come in and preview the store and interview the employees of Forth & Towne here in San Diego. (Well, the store is actually in Chula Vista at the new Otay Ranch Towne Center.) You can read my write up over at The Runway Scoop....I have pictures on that post, but wanted to continue the pictures over here at Beauty is Within. So here you are....

This first photo is Kelly Lynch decked out in Forth & Towne clothing - the very first fashion PR person I’ve ever talked to. She is very nice and enthusiastic... A great PR person indeed!

Kelly Lynch of Brand Building PRHere is a glimpse of one of the dressing rooms....

Forth & Towne Dressing Room

And the jean wall is merchandised so well! Oh, do I feel sorry for the person who has to fold those jeans and make them “picture perfect”. I know the feeling...

Forth & Towne at Otay Ranch Town Center
For those of you who know me, you know I had to get a picture of accessories! Everything is high quality - similar to Banana Republic (which is owned by Gap as well).

Forth & Towne Accessories
I absolutely adore this outfit!

Kelly gave me a CD with all the collections that Forth & Towne offers this fall. I fell in love with this outfit from the “Opulence” Collection.

Forth & Towne Opulence Collection

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Share Your Health Experiences and Wisdom

As I’m sure I’ve stated here before, having beauty within is about taking care of your health, your mind, and your body. I recently reviewed a website called which is a place for people to share their experiences about health issues. It’s like those social networking websites, but it is designed solely for people who want to talk about everything health-related. Help others by sharing 1 piece of health wisdom at It’s time for people to become more health-conscious and this website is a way for us to do just that ;)

Perfume Reviews

I’m not a big perfume wearer. Most of the time I like to wear fragrance oils - particularly Body Shop’s Vanilla oil. However, if I do wear perfume, it has to be sweet or very light-scented.

Yesterday when I was browsing through Bloomingdale’s I was stopped by one of the salesgirls at the perfume counter. She handed me a sample of Stella McCartney’s In Two Peony and caught a whiff of a fragrance so heavenly! Since I’m on this organic products kick, I was happy to know that the Stella perfume is made with all organic ingredients.

Stella McCartney’s perfume can be found at Fragrance.neticon. Also, you may want to check out the NowSmellThis blog that has reviews of all kinds of perfumes and fragrances.

What type of perfume do you wear?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Random Questions on Plastic Surgery

I wonder if there’s a correlation between the economic demographic of a city and how many plastic surgeons are in the area. For instance, we can assume that there are probably tons of millionaires in the area surrounding Silicon Valley (you know, technology and all). So, I did a search for “San Jose plastic surgery” and there were 77,600 results for the search term.

Interesting. I then did a search for “San Diego plastic surgery” and came up with over a million references. Even “Los Angeles plastic surgery” produced over a million references.

Of course this isn’t the best way to do research, but it did bring to mind another question. Are people in Southern California more obsessed with their looks than people in Northern California?

Should we even care?

It's just interesting to me because you have to wonder if women's lifestyles and surroundings affect their thoughts on plastic surgery....Is there a way to change their way of thinking and become more accepting of who they are?

My Brief Bloomingdale's Adventure

Watch out Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks...I think I have a new love - Bloomingdale’s. I checked it out today and fell in love the moment I walked through the doors. I love the merchandising and I love the spacious feel of the store. The aisles of the store are wide and shiny. The makeup department was buzzing with activity! For a brief 30 minutes I almost felt like I was in New York. Although it doesn’t have nearly the selection of shoes that Nordstrom has, I do love the clothing departments and how each brand has it’s own distinct “department”. I didn’t do any shopping because I was on a time limit, however, I did stop for a second to admire some of the Marc Jacobs pieces. Oh, love!

I wanted to take pictures, but when I turned on my camera I realized that the battery was low....but I’ll be back!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bloomingdale's Comes to San Diego!

I’m thrilled to find out that Bloomingdale’s will be opening tomorrow at the Fashion Valley mall here in San Diego. Ever since Rachel of the show, Friends, talked about the store all the time, I wanted to feel the Bloomingdale’s experience. The company is based in New York, but is planning to cater to us Californians being that our fashion style is different, of course. However, I have always been one to dress like a New Yorker - so my friends say. I’ve never been to the big apple, but have dreams of visiting one day!

Exciting things are happening in San Diego in regards to the fashion and retail scene. Well, with the San Diego real estate market the way it is, I wonder just how well any new retail venture in this city is going to do. But that’s another story...

Bloomingdale’s opens its doors at 9 a.m. tomorrow! I think I may venture down to take a look...

Read the news on Bloomingdale’s...

Eye Makeup: How To's

I never was properly taught how to apply eye makeup until recently when I attended a Mary Kay event. Who knew that applying eye shadow was an art? For those of you who are as clueless as I am about this, I did some research in the beauty blogosphere and came across a few posts to share:

Elf Cosmetics

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My Thoughts on Rhinoplasty

A long, long, long, long time ago I entertained the thought of having a nose job. I have a pudgy nose and wanted one that was a little pointy - for whatever reason. But I know better now. I was pretty young and in retrospect I realize that I was a bit insecure with myself. As you get older I think you become more accepting of yourself...However, I know that there are women out there who will never be happy with how they look. It’s a shame, but it is what it is.

We’re all different with our own unique beauty. Cameron Diaz

Anyways, the only time I think it’s ok to have rhinoplasty is if your nose is broken. There’s news going around about Cameron Diaz having rhinoplasty to repair her nose after breaking it a few times. However, do your homework and make sure the doctor has a good reputation like this New Jersey rhinoplasty surgeon!

Source: Zee News

Shopping on a Budget in San Diego Part 1

Yes, my dear friends, it is possible to look absolutely fabulous and still get good quality clothing. If you live here in San Diego, it can become quite the challenge trying to pay for rent, gas, and still have money left over for a nice outfit or two. Believe me, I know. So, I thought I’d do a series of posts on shopping on a budget here in San Diego. Actually most of my advice can apply to any fashionista across the country, but there are some places I’ll mention that may not be in other cities.

First stop: Ross Department Stores

There are quite a few Ross stores scattered throughout San Diego county. I visited the new two-story Ross store in downtown (on the corner of 5th and “C” St) and I never had so much fun! You know how most Ross stores are pretty picked over? This store is jammed pack full of clothing - mostly women’s clothing. You can find cute tops and sweaters anywhere from $7 - $12. I bought a Maidenform bra that normally cost $24 for only $10 and scored big on a pair of Bandolino brown slacks for $14! Pictured here is a top I found for $7.

I know, I know, it’s frustrating to shop in Ross at times. A fashionista definitely has to be in a hunting mood to shop in there. However, it’s worth it considering the money you save!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more shopping in San Diego!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Meanings Behind Gemstones

As you may or may not know, I make handcrafted jewelry using semi-precious gemstones - among other different materials. What started out as a mere hobby - making rinky-dink necklaces in front of the TV at night - has turned into a full-blown business. I’m in awe of all the gorgeous stones that come from this earth and have a growing interest in studying geology and gemstones (of which Monness & Neil Crespi seem to know quite a bit about).

Did you know that gemstones have healing qualities to them? They’re not only pieces of wearable art, but they promote physical and spiritual healing in the body. Here’s a website that offers gemstone meanings. Today I’m wearing rhodonite, which according to the Gemstone Meanings website:

“The gemstone sorts out any feelings that are scattered, imbalanced, or ungrounded and allows you to broadens your perspective and helps you become more balanced and mature.”

It’s funny because just before I turned on my computer today, I was wondering why my mind felt so calm. Usually about this time of day my thoughts are scattered thinking about all the things I need to do. But today...I feel, well, sortof “put together” - for lack of a better term.

What types of gemstones do you like to wear?

Isaac Mizrahi Interview With Coutorture

Julie Fredrickson of Coutorture Media sent over this video on Isaac Mizrahi’s Couture show. I love, love, love his line of clothing for Target and give him props for believing in sharing his designs with those who are on a fashion budget. When I dream of making it “big”, I often entertain the idea of whether or not I would offer my jewelry designs in mass quantity....Probably would ;)

Watching Isaac in this video gave me the energy boost I needed to get creative with my jewelry designs! His essence just transcends all boundaries...

I will have another post on this with pictures over at The Runway Scoop later today. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Younger People Getting Plastic Surgery?

Here’s some shocking news... More and more people in their early 20’s are undergoing plastic surgery, according to this article. A doctor is quoted as saying, "Now with reality TV, the Internet, and the prices being affordable, it has entered the mainstream. Celebrities are younger, and they are having plastic surgery more than before. This is influencing the young people today."

That’s the whole problem - celebrities that have such influence over people. When are young women going to realize that it’s your personality that makes you beautiful and not looking like some butcher-faced celebrity?

In cities like Las Vegas, plastic surgery offices run rampant trying to get you to look “good enough” to perform in shows or get into clubs. And contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery does not enhance your self-esteem. Love for yourself and accepting who you really are increases your self-esteem.

‘Nuf said.

Thoughts on Taking Vitamins

I truly believe in using all-natural vitamins to help with any beauty issues that you have. Taking vitamins is something that I would like to do more often and I used to be pretty good at taking them. Hopefully writing up this post will inspire me to go out and get some vitamins because I definitely need it for my dry scalp. They say that zinc helps for a dry scalp, so I’m going to try that and see how it works. Another type of vitamin that I would like to try is salmon oil for my eyes. I currently wear eyeglasses because of my nearsightedness.

What types of vitamins have worked for you? Leave your comments below...

New Blog Discovery: Real Self

Isn’t that what we want to eventually discover, our real selves? I came across this great beauty blog, Real Self, that has some great articles on skin care and everything beautiful, of course! I found out that Stella McCartney is coming out with an organic skin care line (yay!) and remember my previous post on the Proactiv acne product? Real Self shares this video and reviews some of the popular acne treatments out there...Find out if you’re paying too much for the acne product that you’re using!

Monday, November 13, 2006

What the Real Ladies Wear

The other day I noticed a girl sitting on a bench wearing a cute white outfit with a pair of high-top Jordan sneaks. I thought it an interesting outfit - a white sport jacket and short white skirt that was about knee-length. Then I caught a glimpse of her slip that was peeking out from her skirt.

A slip? Who wears those nowadays? (Real ladies, that’s who!)

I thought it was cute because it reminds of the days when women dressed like ladies. I can also hear my mom telling me back in the day to always put on a slip when wearing a skirt...

I’m just tired of seeing women’s thongs through their skirts...

Photo via Rebekah Roy's blog...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Is Plastic Surgery Becoming More Accepted?

I just came across this article that says that plastic surgery is no longer for the rich and famous. It seems that “middle-class” consumers are looking to go under the knife as well and it’s becoming more accepted by minorities. Also, according to the article, minority patients who are having plastic surgery done have increased 65 percent from 2000 to 2005. Even more surprising to me is that men are having surgery done as well!

Don’t worry, I won’t get on my high horse about how plastic surgery is bad blah, blah, blah. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before ;) Beauty is in the eye holder. We’ve all heard that phrase before yet we still judge others on what they may perceive as beautiful. I’m trying to keep that in mind!

However, I will say that even the best Houston plastic surgeon can’t make you beautiful inside ;)

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Finding a Great Hair Stylist or Beauty Salon

HaircutHere in San Diego there are endless places to get your haircut. I know for many women it is a challenge to find someone who can cut hair really good. I happened upon the Style Forum where someone here in San Diego asks how one could go about finding a hair stylist. This person went to regular barber shops to get haircuts - for me, that’s like going to someone who does dog grooming! (No offense, barbers!)

My advice is...if you see someone whose haircut you admire, ask them where they got it cut. That’s how I’ve found great hairstylists. Granted, most of the time the cuts cost an arm and a leg, but I think it’s worth it.

Here’s a blog I came across that offers some tips on finding a beauty salon or stylist...

Celebrity Style on a Budget

Tonight I did some clicking around trying to find other fashion blogs of interest and stumbled upon Frugal Fashionista. I know many of us like to emulate the styles of celebrities and this blog helps you find fashionable pieces that are more affordable.

I’ve always been one to be pretty frugal when it comes to buying fashion, although I am willing to spend more money on accessories like shoes and purses. I believe that accessories is like icing on the cake - it’s what makes the outfit. I’ve talked about it here before.

I think it’s nice to mix up your pieces like wearing Marc Jacobs with say, Target. Sure, it’s ok to want to look like celebrities, but it’s much better to have your own style - dontcha think?

One celebrity whose style I do like is Jessica Alba. She always looks classy...

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Any Advice For Dry Scalp?

Ok, I’m dealing with this sudden hair loss and freaking out just a little bit. My friend says that it’s normal for someone with long hair, but it’s starting to become a little noticeable - especially in the front part of my head. I don’t know if it has anything to do with my very dry scalp, the shampoo I use, or a combination of both. I took the advice of my hair stylist and stopped using Head & Shoulders. She said that H & S has this wax that isn’t good for my scalp or hair. Instead I’ve been using Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree shampoo but it isn’t working for my scalp.

Then tonight I was in the grocery store and the lady who was ringing me up had hair loss that was very noticeable. I almost had a panic attack because I don’t want to end up looking like that!

Anybody out there have any advice? I would prefer a natural cure... I've even tried putting vinegar on my scalp, but I don't like my hair to smell like vinegar!

A New Discovery:

With so much going on with “Web 2.0” these days, it’s hard to keep up with all these social bookmarking sites. At TheRunwayScoop, I mentioned the Coutorture It feature that has just been added at Coutorture. Then, as I was reading the Pierce Mattie blog, I learned about this website, It’s getting easier and easier for us women to share what we think is “absolutely fabulous” - because you know how we like to do that *wink*!

I just created my little page at ThisNext and have added a couple things - like the Seven jeans that fit me great when I tried them on at Nordstrom. Never thought I’d pay over $100 for a pair of jeans, but I just might break out the cash for it! A girl has to splurge once in awhile, eh? Then I recommended the Coach Hampton Carryall pictured here. I’ll be adding more stuff as I do my fall shopping!

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Thoughts on Proactiv Acne Solution

I’m sure many of you are familiar with those commercials on Proactiv... P.Diddy, Britney Spears, and other celebrities have endorsed this acne product. Doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best product, but it has stemmed by curiosity. I’ve been wanting to try it out myself because I believe in trying something out at least once. I would consider Proactiv to be of good value if it does indeed work. Let me know your thoughts on this product! Leave comments below...thanks ;)

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Paris Hilton in French Vogue

I went to the bookstore today and had to chuckle at this Paris Vogue front cover. I’m trying so hard to take Paris Hilton seriously, but when she goes and does something like this, I just have to laugh. Ok, the French may call this art, but I simply must call this tasteless. Here’s what others are saying...

Faded Youth says, “And to think -- I used to like the French.”

Popsugar says, “Paris Hilton Is Overpriced”

Go Fug Yourself says, “...Paris Hilton's underboob? Honey, show us something we haven't seen before.”